General view of Lace Market, Nottingham.
General view of Lace Market, Nottingham. © Historic England DP136181
General view of Lace Market, Nottingham. © Historic England DP136181

Local Planning Advice

Although we are a national body, we work from six offices around the country. Being local, the advice we give benefits from our local knowledge and relationships, as well as our national expertise.

Local services

  • Providing advice to local authorities, developers and owners of listed heritage on planning matters
  • Providing advice on understanding and enhancing the heritage significance of local places through local plans, masterplans and neighbourhood plans,
  • Providing scheduled monument consent
  • Offering grants and helping to tackle heritage at risk
  • Giving training and support for people involved in the management of the historic environment
  • Working with other organisations to champion the historic environment

We can also help:

  • if you think a historic place or building in your area is at risk. Please contact us with details.
  • if you're looking for information about funding sources. Please read our Grants information.
  • if you own a listed property and would like to discuss planning-related matters. Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. They'll refer you to us where appropriate. Use the Directgov service to find out which your local authority is.
  • if you would like to know how to get a building listed. Find out more about Designation.

In London, Historic England also provides advice on undesignated archaeology through GLAAS (The Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service) and maintains the Historic Environment Record for London.

How to consult us

Local authorities take most of the decisions affecting the historic environment and are responsible for preparing their Local Plan.

But we can provide pre-application advice as part of our Enhanced Advisory Services, especially for more complex proposals. We encourage early discussion, so do get in touch by phone or email.

Find your local office contact details.

When will we get involved?

To find out when and how we get involved in planning matters see our Charter for Advisory Services.